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January 22, 2024

Rob Jones

This poem is about locating our hope, which is found in Christ. Our only hope in this life and the life to come is in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Because of His merits, we have the Father’s love and the access to fill His throne room with our prayers. It is in Christ that we are made right with a holy, holy, holy God. We are not perfect, nor will we ever be in this world, but Christ’s perfect righteousness is our perfect righteousness. When God’s gaze falls upon us, He sees His Son. Our righteousness is in heaven at the right hand of the Father. 




 Hope descended in Spirit cloaked in clay

Jettison a glory to bear my shame

Exchanging royalty for Adam’s rags

On earth, Your birth has dawned a Hallowed day

Accessing a portal where sheer love came

Removing a weight, I’ll no longer drag.


You have expressed the inexpressible

With perceived sermons of signs and wonders

Reshaping the shape of my shattered soul

Accepting You, I’ll be acceptable

But, on my own, for You, I won’t hunger

I need Your broken body to be whole.


A King’s blood, planted in a garden of grief

Poised to be drained dry for those who thirst

Nature views the leafing of redemption

A life of oblation is Your motif

Blessed hands to lift us up from the curse

And to bathe us in beauty’s reflection.


Tethered to the cross, His throne of glory

The torn flesh of wineskin, spilling life

Body and blood for our spiritual health

A sacramental view that tells God’s story

Of a relenting love that ends all strife

These are the tokens of the death of death

The featured image is courtesy of Julie Jablonski and is used with her kind permission for Cultivating.


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